North Carolina teacher accused of hitting student with yard stick

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NEWLAND, N.C. – A North Carolina teacher has been suspended from school for hitting a student with a yard stick.

WBTV reported that a magistrate recently issued a criminal summons against Daniel Fortune for simple assault.

Fortune teaches history and civics at Avery County High School in Newland. He allegedly hit a student last month with a yard stick on the student’s arm and back.

The teacher allegedly hit the student two or three times and the student’s parents made a complaint against the teacher. A criminal summons was issued after an investigation.

Fortune has court planned in October. He was suspended after the incident, but the school district will wait and decide his future employment as the legal process plays out.

The school has described the situation as an isolated incident. A motive has not been provided.

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